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Call for Papers: The Feeling Body—Feeling the Body

Thu, January 10, 2013

The Feeling Body—Feeling the Body

20th Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies

March 21-22, 2013


The CWGS graduate student run conference offers both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research highlighting issues in women's, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. We invite individual papers, artistic posters, performance pieces, and panel submissions from participants in any discipline whose research pertains to any topic in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies.

We especially welcome submissions related to CWGS’s 2012-2013 annual theme, “The Feeling Body.” Affect is an emerging new direction in feminist theory, generating fascinating conversations around the role of the body and feeling in producing knowledge. How are other disciplines writing about and engaging with affect? How might this new direction shift how we think about the role of the body in academic research? Possible topics on this theme include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Literature and the body (e.g, What is the role of narrative and language in constructing the body? How does storytelling construct and produce certain feelings in the body?)
  • Trauma and the body (e.g, How does the body absorb, make sense of, and manage trauma? How does trauma alter the body and consciousness?)
  • Epistemologies of the body (e.g, What does it mean to be a thinking body? How do we write about the body, or perhaps, does it write itself? How is the body itself a site of knowledge production?)
  • Media and the body (e.g, What are the different ways that media engages with the body? What are the different ways the body is mediated?)
  • Nations and the body (e.g, How have national policies shaped and defined belonging? In what ways do feelings of belonging affect conceptualizations of citizenship? Concerning transnational bodies, how do nations restrict or promote movement/mobility? How does affect figure into the nation? How does the national body feel?)
  • Violence, Vulnerability, and the body (e.g, How does the threat of violence influence the way bodies are able to move in the world? How might foregrounding affect allow us to rethink models of violence? What is the sense of violence? How do we live with our own vulnerability?)
  • The Academy and the body (e.g, How do different disciplines within the academy understand and talk about the body? How do institutions, like the academy, regulate and shape bodies? How is knowledge created, disciplined, and disseminated within the academy? Does foregrounding the body trouble the academy as the site of knowledge production?)
  • Religion, Spirituality, and the body (e.g, How is the body conceptualized through religion? In what ways does religion explain, define, and shape functions of the body? What is the relationship between consciousness, the body, and transcendence within a religious framework?)
  • Aesthetics and the body (e.g, What makes bodies desirable? What is the creative labor of the body? What role does art play in addressing the culture of pleasure and the body? How does art shape what the desiring body means?)
  • History of the body (e.g, Which bodies have history? How does subjectivity gets erased through histories of bodies? Can we use the body to think about/write the historical-present?)
  • Commodification of the body (e.g, How is the body consumed? What does the body produce? How is value defined for the body?)
  • Law and the body (e.g, How do laws regulate and discipline the body? How do laws manage feelings?)
  • Space and the body (e.g, Can emotions and moods shape or define space? How does space maintain and/or contain the body? How are bodies normalized through the binary of public/private? How do bodies disrupt space and produce certain feelings? How does space have the potential to inhibit movement?)
  • Disability and the body (e.g, How has ableism erased other voices and bodies? How might disability studies expand the work of affect theory? How are scholars challenging and redefining the norms of physical and mental ability? As Spinoza asked, what is the body capable of?)

Students proposing individual presentations (15 minutes) on any topic must submit: (1) 250 word abstract (2) Participant Application and Brief Biography. Students proposing a panel presentation are to submit an abstract of the panel along with the required materials for individual papers as listed above. For panel submissions, please limit the number of participants to four maximum. All submissions should be sent to


December 15, 2012:Priority Submission Deadline


January 25, 2013: Final deadline

For more information, contact the Conference Organizer Victoria Dominguez at








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